When it comes to the lack of a diversified cast on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, comedian Kenan Thompson — who joined the show back in 2003 — shares that it could very well be the lack of talent from the black comedienne community.
It’s just a tough part of the business. Like in auditions, [SNL] just never find [the comediennes] that are ready.
As if to fill the void of black female comics, Thompson often played dress-up for any black female characters or celebrity spoofs introduced on any given episode. But now, the 35-year-old is throwing in the towel. “Maybe [Jay Pharaoh] will do it or something, but even he doesn’t really want to do it,” Thompson told TVGuide.com.
For 38 years, the television sketch comedy variety show only employed four black female cast members including comdienne/actress Maya Rudolph who had a seven year run.
Jay Pharoah (joined in 2010) recently spoke to theGrio stating “[SNL] need to pay attention,” and suggested Darmirra Brunson from Tyler Perry‘s Love Thy Neighbor.
Why do I think she should be on the show? Because she’s black first of all, and she’s really talented. She’s amazing. She needs to be on SNL. I said it. And I believe they need to follow up with it like they said they were going to do last year.
But don’t expect the show-makers to make that decision just yet. As of right now, there’s been six new cast members — with no black women joining. And according to the shows 10-year vet Thompson, “They’ve been doing a great job so far.”